30 Jan WALKING OUR WAY TO BREAK DOWN THE BARRIERS
Here at WWSET we try to encourage our community to get active and reduce the barriers in their way. Our Community Health Manager, Sam Parker, has been working closely with Buckinghamshire Recovery College (BRC) to support people living with Mental Health to enjoy physical activity and feel the benefits, whilst learning about various Mental Health conditions and coping strategies.
We started by developing a weekly walking group, in High Wycombe, utilising the brilliant green spaces and community cafes we have close by to provide a sociable and friendly walking session. The group meet every week come rain or shine and have created a friendly support system who like to get outside and enjoy nature, although maybe not always the hills of Wycombe! After a year of delivering the walks, our participants expressed an interest in doing more and we had ambitions to create something out of the ordinary.
Collaboratively Sam and BRC developed an innovative way to take mental health workshops, out of the classroom and into an interactive session. Learning about anxiety, self-esteem, inner critic, self-acceptance and motivation, all whilst taking part in the progressive physical activity. This is a new method that we haven’t seen developed before and are excited to see how the sessions progress.
It is also a chance to celebrate Buckinghamshire Recovery Colleges first Birthday, having attended their launch and been involved with the organisation from the start of the year we are so pleased to see how they have grown and how much of a difference they are making to the community going from 0 to 530 students within the year, this is a great achievement and a birthday present in itself.
Buckinghamshire Recovery College
BRC offers social, leisure, creative and educational opportunities for people to learn about mental health and recovery. We provide a unique curriculum of co-designed courses to support people to become experts in their own self-care, to recognise their own resourcefulness, abilities and skills and achieve the things they want in life.
The courses aren’t therapy or a clinical intervention, but we do believe that bringing people together to inspire individual and collective potential, people can learn how to take care of themselves, and others, more effectively.
We offer FREE, recovery inspired courses throughout the whole of Buckinghamshire to anyone over the age of 18 years old. The courses are delivered in a supportive, informal environment that encourages shared learning. You can explore courses and workshops that may help you to understand your experiences, how you manage your own recovery, and also how to support someone else with their journey.
How can you join? Call 01865 901515 or call/ text 07748328758
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Are you, or someone you know, struggling with low mood or anxiety for any reason? An important step to beginning recovery can be talking therapy.
Healthy Minds, a completely free Buckinghamshire NHS service, offers evidence-based and National Institute for Health and Care Excellence recommended therapies by telephone, face-to-face and even online. We also have close links with services to help with employment and physical health difficulties.
Adults with a Bucks GP who are not receiving psychological therapy or support from another mental health service can be assessed by us. Assessment will clarify what your current difficulties are and what you want to change. You and the therapist will decide if our service is right for you or if there are other options to signpost or refer you to.
For more info: Visit www.healthymindsbucks.nhs.uk Or Call 01865 901 600